Monday, March 31, 2008
About the author
The title of this blog comes from my very first web-based email address. The address has been defunct for a long time now (replaced by the much more mundane my.name [at] gmail [dot] com formula; better for professional networking) but it illustrates my own outlook on gaming that I hope to present on this little blog.
I heart roleplaying in (almost) all its incarnations (I've never LARPed, so I have no perspective on that genre). I started with West End Game's Star Wars RPG in 1995 and have moved through a variety of systems and settings over the years. To me, RPGs are best enjoyed around a table with beers and chips and buddies. It's a pasttime, plain and simple, and it ain't worth agonizing over.
That said, if you're going to do something, you ought to do it right. I'm a professional writer and editor, and I take very seriously the art of crafting and developing a story. That responsibility becomes even more sublime when it comes to shared narratives, where five or six people collaborate on a single broad plotline. Everyone has a vested interest in keeping the story going from a meta-game standpoint. I hope to expound here on a few topics that I've noticed over my relatively few years of gaming.